Spring is here! As the weather gets warmer and flowers begin to bloom, many of us start to think about spring cleaning and spring cleansing! We start to hear about detox diets, supplements, and various cleansing programs.
So, you might be asking, “What’s the difference between detoxing and cleansing?” They really are two different things.
Cleansing vs. Detoxing
Cleansing supports the body inside and out through healthy eating which provides the micronutrients, phytochemicals, and other nutrients your body needs to build, repair, and rejuvenate.
Detoxing, on the other hand, is usually done by taking a supplement, restricting something your diet, or taking some other temporal measure. It helps remove waste products such as chemicals and toxins which can cause harm while circulating in your body or being stored in tissues.
However, the results may be limited due to human nature. If we go back to our usual habits after a detox, we’ll return to an unhealthy build-up of waste products.
Why Should I Cleanse?
Both cleansing and detoxing are important. Both can help alleviate poor energy levels, anger and irritability, excess fat storage, and insomnia as well as several other unpleasant conditions.
“The results may be limited due to human nature.”
But again, the results of detoxing are short-lived without changes that support our wellness. That’s where cleansing comes in.
It’s really about eating well and periodically putting our focus there. Many people like to do a cleanse when seasons change, usually the spring and/or fall.
Our students here at the IAWP learn about cleansing first hand when they receive their done-for-you Spring Cleaning Workshop. They can use the workshop to support their own cleansing, but they will also receive materials such as a workshop script, agenda, and handouts to support their clients.
A good way to get started with cleansing your body is by supporting your body’s natural detoxification and immune systems by eating plenty of greens and drinking plenty of water. We thought you might enjoy this tasty and light spring recipe which to help you get started:
Ten Minute Mediterranean Salad
1 bunch mixed greens½ cup fresh basil, chopped
1 cup grape tomatoes½ red onion, chopped
½ cup Kalamata olives
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled or sliced
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp vinegar (balsamic or red wine)
Add greens to a medium bowl. Top with remaining ingredients and toss. Add leftover chicken or salmon. (Or quickly broil chicken and add to salad).
Greens – Just get these in – they are the best thing you can eat!
Kalamata olives – monounsaturated fat source that protects against inflammation of cells…and tasty!
Feta cheese – protein and calcium source
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